|12 Jan 2021
|University & Careers News
What is the StCatsConnect e-Mentoring?
The online mentoring programme helps everyone in so many ways connect for advice students to alumni, alumni to alumni, alumni to parents and parents to parents and works for those looking for a long-term mentor and for short term help with more specific queries. For example, help with relocating to a new country/region, preparing for an interview, writing an application, getting industry specific help and career advice.
Mentees can access the guidelines available in the Resources page.
How to search for a mentor
Login to StCatsConnect to use the online search and find members of StCats community for careers and mentoring help. Once you are logged in go to the University & Careers page and you will see the mentoring box (as below) near the top of the page.
During your search you can choose from the E-mentoring categories list the topic that interests you. The search results will show those members who have volunteered to help at the top of the list (featured mentors), and all other online profiles that match the criteria underneath this. The results will not show people who have opted out of online mentoring, temporarily or permanently, mentors who have restricted their number of interactions and who have reached their limit, or people who do not meet the search criteria.
On clicking the messaging button you will be able to select the type of help you would like from a drop down (CV Review, Career guidance, Answer to specific questions, Industry/sector specific help, Interview prep, Mentor relationship, Returning to work, Setting up a business, Relocation etc). You can then type a personalised message to send to your potential mentor.
Ensure that your message is clear and precise, check your spelling and ensure that what you have written will be understood by the recipient, and use the recipient’s name in the email.
Mention your interest and what kind of advice/help you are seeking from this mentor.
Keep it short, don’t ask too many questions, and remember to ensure that your emails contain as much meaning as they would do if you were face to face with the person.
Don't forget to thank you your potential mentor for offering his/her time and expertise.
What Happens Next
Your message is sent to the potentail mentor via email and they have the option to accept or decline the invitation to connect with you. If they accept they will message you back, if not you will receive a message from the StCatsConnect to let you know that you can try your search again with another mentor.
Once a successful match is made you will be emailed a feedback form to complete.
We expect that your mentoring or advice seeking will be conducted primarily online, through email or other digital channels –such as Skype or zoom, although there is the opportunity for a face to face meeting if you are in the same town or city. (students with parent permission)
Regarding students that wish to participate in e-mentoring as mentees and seek for mentors, we must have received parental concent first (if interested please fill in the parent consent google form) in order to approve their log in request.
For any questions please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for giving back and joining the e-mentoring programme, a one of a kind exclusive opportunity to speak to alumni who have been where our students are going and like-minded parents who have also chosen St Catherine's for their child/ren education and believe in our vision.
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